It’s back. Art Los Angeles Contemporary, the West Coast’s renowned international contemporary art fair, has returned for its must-anticipated seventh season. Located at The Barker Hangar, on the south side of the Santa Monica Airport and not far from the area’s luxury real estate, ALAC runs through Sunday, Jan. 31. Tickets can be purchased here. Featuring 70 established and emerging galleries from all over the world – with a special emphasis on Los Angeles galleries – ALAC is among the most vital weekends on the city’s 2016 art calendar. For anyone tuned in to what’s happening right now in the contemporary art world, this event is not to be missed. Collectors and curators aren’t the only crowd to which ALAC will appeal, however. Every patron of the arts will find something to appreciate here. A variety of offerings Throughout the weekend, participants present some of the most recent and compelling work of the artists they represent. Each piece plays an essential part in the dynamic and constantly evolving art making process. A number of first-time exhibitors will be present, including Christian Andersen of Copenhagen, Gillmeier Rech of Berlin, and Galerie Bernard Ceysson of Paris. In addition to the exhibitions, the fair will host a comprehensive series of programs that include discussions with the artists, a film screening series and panel discussions led by museum curators. A full calendar of events can be found here. For ALAC’s 2016 edition, a number of new features have been introduced. There will be an independent publishing section; a free, fair-exclusive newspaper called “The Reader” which will be edited by writer and artist Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, with contributions from other LA-based art writers; and an expanded talks program with artists and art historians. In an interview with ARTnews, Tim Fleming, ALAC’s director, noted how the fair has grown since its inception. When it first began seven years ago, ALAC insisted that 50 percent of its galleries be Los Angeles galleries. Since then, the number of international exhibitors has grown to offer a more diverse and progressive selection. Should it continue to grow as it has been, the fair has the option to expand at the Barker Hangar next year. But Fleming is careful about losing the close sense of intimacy with the art that ALAC so prides itself on. Being here among the galleries is both personal and comfortable, like visiting a favorite museum. A visit to ALAC this weekend is a chance to be on the cutting edge of the contemporary art landscape. Don’t miss it.